- Room 627 Davy, Davy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Dr Charles West
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)
PhD, Chemistry, University of Plymouth
BSc (Hons) Analytical Chemistry, 1st Class, University of Plymouth
2009 - date European Research Council (ERC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2007 - 2009 Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Scopus Young Researcher UK Award 2013
- Royal Society of Chemistry JWT Jones Fellowship (2013 at Monash University, Australia).
- Award for Best Postgraduate Research Poster, 6th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry, Belgrade, Serbia, 2005
- Award for Best Postgraduate Research Poster, 16th British Organic Geochemistry Society meeting, Nottingham, 2004
- PS Analytical Prize for Advanced Analytical Techniques, University of Plymouth, 2002
- Glasson Memorial Prize for Highest Analytical Chemistry Degree Performance, 2002
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
Member of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG)
Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC)
Roles on external bodies
- Analytical Chemistry (chromatography, mass spectrometry)
- Organic Chemistry (synthesis, stereochemistry)
- Organic Geochemistry (biomarkers)
- Contemporary Chemical Issues (pollution)
- Organic Geochemistry
- Environmental organic chemistry
- Applications of GC, GC-MS and GCxGC-ToF-MS to Petroleum Samples
- Identification of naphthenic acids
- Oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) characterisation
- Nature of unresolved complexed mixtures (UCMs)
Grants & contracts
- Royal Society of Chemistry - JWT Jones Travel Fellowship £4780
- Biogeochemistry Research Centre (BGC)
- Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 28, 1023-1032. [DOI: 10.1002/rcm.6876]
Frank, R.A., Roy, J.W., Bickerton, G., Rowland, S.J., Headley, J.V., Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E., Peru, K.M., Parrott, J.L., Conly, F.M. and Hewitt, L.M. (2014) Profiling oil sands naphthenic acids from industrial developments and natural groundwaters using high resolution mass spectrometry and comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Jones, D., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Frank, R.A., Rowland, S.J. (2012) Isolation and estimation of the 'aromatic' naphthenic acid content of an oil sands process-affected water extract.
Journal of Chromatography A, 1247, 171-175. [DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2012.05.073]
Environmental Science & Technology, 46 (9), 4749-4756. [DOI: 10.1021/es203529z]
Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E., Jones, D., Galloway, T.S and Rowland, S.J. (2012) Predicted toxicity of naphthenic acids present in oil sands process-affected waters to a range of environmental and human endpoints.
Science of the Total Environment, 425, 119-127. [DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.02.064]
Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G, Ho, C and Jones, D. (2012) Differentiation of oil sands process-affected waters by GCxGC-mass spectrometry of naphthenic acid profiles.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26 (5), 572-576. [DOI: 10.1002/rcm.6138].
Johnson R.J., West C.E., Swah A., Folwell B.D., Smith B.E., Rowland, S.J. and Whitby, C. (2012) Biotransformation of alkylbranched aromatic alkanoic naphthenic acids by a bacterial isolate with high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to Mycobacterium spp.
Environmental Microbiology, 14 (4), 872-882. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920].
Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D., Frank. R. and Hewitt, L. (2011) Steroidal aromatic naphthenic acids in oil sands process-affected water: structural comparisons with environmental estrogens.
Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (22), 9806-9815. [DOI: 10.1021/es202606d].
Rowland S.J., West C.E., Scarlett A.G. and Jones D. (2011) Method for the differentiation of alternative sources of naphthenic acids.
UK Patent Application No. 1109838.1. Filed 13th June 2011.
Canadian Patent Application No. 2,743,156 Filed 14th June 2011.
U.S. Patent Application No. 13/160,367 Filed 14th June 2011.
Jones, D., Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E. and Rowland, S.J. (2011) The toxicity of individual naphthenic acids to Vibrio fisheri.
Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (22), 9776-9782. [DOI: 10.1021/es201948j].
Rowland, S.J., Clough, R., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D. and Thompson, S. (2011) Synthesis and mass spectrometry of some tri- and tetracyclic naphthenic acids.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25 (17), 2573-2578. [DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5153]
Scarlett, A.G., Clough, R., West, C.E., Lewis, C.A., Booth, A.M. and Rowland, S.J. (2011) Alkylnaphthalenes: priority pollutants or minor contributors to the poor health of marine communities?
Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (14), 6160-6166. [DOI: 10.1021/es201234a].
West, C.E., Jones, D., Scarlett, A.G., Rowland, S.J. (2011) Compositional heterogeneity may limit the usefulness of commercial naphthenic acids for toxicity assays.
Science of the Total Environment, 409 (19), 4125-4131. [DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.05.061].
Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D. (2011) Identification of individual acids in a commercial sample of naphthenic acids from petroleum by two dimensional comprehensive gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25 (12), 1741-1751. [DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5040].
Rowland, S.J., Jones, D., Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E., Liu Pok Hin, Boberek, M., Smith, B.E & Whitby, C (2011) Synthesis and toxicity of some metabolites of the microbial degradation of 'model' naphthenic acids.
Science of the Total Environment, 409 (15), 2936-2941. [DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.04.012]
Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D. and Frank, R.A. (2011) Identification of individual tetra- and pentacyclic naphthenic acids in oil sands process water.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25 (9), 1198-1204. [DOI: 10.1002/rcm.4977].
Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D., Boberek, M., Pan, L., Ng, M., Kwong, L & Tonkin, A (2011) Monocyclic and monoaromatic naphthenic acids: Synthesis & Characterisation.
Environmental Chemistry Letters, 9, 525-533. [DOI: 10.1007/s10311-011-0314-6].
Rowland, S.J., Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E., Jones, D. and Frank, R.A. (2011) Diamonds in the rough: identification of individual naphthenic acids in oil sands process water.
Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (7), 3154-3159. [DOI: 10.1021/es103721b].
Reports & invited lectures
Royal Societyof Chemistry - Emerging Analytical Professionals, Leeds, U.K., 17-19 May 2013.(Invited Speaker).
Invited article written for The Guardian (27 Nov 2013):
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